Das Experiment (The Experiment) Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 30, 2002
Too many flaws, too many holes in the plot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2002
Every time a chunk of plot passes by, the filmmakers insert increasingly implausible elements, as if they didn't believe we would be interested otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
October 6, 2002
Psychologically resounding but bedeviled by somewhat preposterous plot developments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
September 18, 2002
It's empty calories trying to trumpet its bogus nutritional value, and the strain for social importance undermines the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 26, 2002
At once simplistic and compelling in a trashy sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 15, 2002
Purports to be concerned with the many fine lines between fantasy and reality though it succeeds only in celebrating torture and rape for cheap thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jerry Weinstein
culturevulture.net
September 23, 2002
Uneven... The pace can be kinetic, even frantic, or as glacial as a Tarkovsky meditation.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
September 27, 2002
As it goes into the final turn and is headed for home, it mysteriously runs right off the rails, and Hirschbiegel seems happy to let the whole thing spin wildly out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 20, 2002
I simply wasn't affected by this film's apparent ability to tense others up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
Far-fetched and wearying.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
The cat-and-mouse game proceeds along conventional lines; the plot is full of holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2002
Rigid, airless, and browbeatingly repetitive, Das Experiment is an overly didactic piece of thesis hectoring.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 4, 2002
This sado-party reeks of contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2002
An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 6, 2003
When a picture about the roots of evil takes the easy way out, the price is potentially more grave than just the failure of a film: it starts to smell a little like exploitation, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Hollywood.com
September 27, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
In the end, it looks as if this experiment proves only one thing: People forced to play guards and prisoners tend to end up imitating bad prison movies.
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Newsday
May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 23, 2002
...it gets all murky and brutal, with rape and murder and all kinds of Hobbesian business going on.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2002
What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 26, 2002
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Marco Lanzagorta
PopMatters
August 30, 2003
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 17, 2003
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 24, 2008

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March 24, 2002

FilmFour.com
September 26, 2002

Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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